Even after offering up a watered-down Obamacare Lite version of their “repeal,” the GOP Senate was too cowardly to fulfill the promise that gave Republicans control of the House, Senate and Presidency in 2010, 2014, and 2016 respectively. For years the Republicans have run on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with a plan that relies on the free market to lower the costs of healthcare for Americans, allowing more people to access healthcare affordably.
What the GOP served up was a mangled, twisted, version of Obamacare that may have allowed the politicians to claim victory, but would have changed little. Many Republicans, fearful that the bill would go too far wouldn’t even vote for this.
Now Senate Majoirty Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP caucus must return to the drawing board for new ideas about how to replace the travesty that is Obamacare. Hopefully the party will realize that implementing the strategy that won them the honor of single-party government control would be the best option. If not, their control of the various branches of government may not last much longer. Full repeal is on the table, and it would be a much better place to start than what Americans have seen so far.
Heeding the advice of Michael Cannon, the fist name in american health care research, would be a great place for Republicans to start their quest for replacement.
I will continue to follow the progress of the GOP’s number one stated goal of repeal and replacement of Obamacare. The law has done but penalize the sick, reward insurers, and hinder patients from getting decent insurance. It must go, and if Republicans won’t replace it with a free-market focused bill that lowers the cost of coverage for all, Democrats will be happy to replace it with Single Payer when they retake the House and Senate in years to come.